If I could give more stars I would, that is how good the river guides Max and Kenneth "Cookie" truly are. From showing up at the headquarters in Turrialba meeting the masterminds behind the operation, kind, courteous and welcoming is best perception I have. They pointed us down the road to Max, Cookie and Fernando our guiding care takers for our three day adventure. We were greeted warmly and directed as needed. Once in the water it was pleasant to leave modern conveniences behind. The lunch they prepared riverside on the boat table was gracious and beautiful. A few more rows after we arrived at an oasis in the rainforest. A short hike up the mountain side the trail was groomed with wild flowers manicured to mimic a five star resort. The tin roofed open air kitchen, dinning and lounge deck overlooked the river bend down below and tropical forest rising to the top of nearby mountains. The sounds of birds, bees and other noises insects filled missing audio link to nature. Some time was given to get comfy find our screened in hut. Adjacent was our own toilet, shower and sink with running water. The deck around the hut had more views to awestruck the beauty into your brain. I felt at ease and relaxed. The large meeting area gave way for happy hour and snacks. The crew were kind to make some coffee for us. There were several more people we met that stay behind the scene to keep this place in it's prestige condition, they were as kind as our guides. We enjoyed the sites and sounds of local wildlife and the setting sun light. Dinner was of local fair, Max would serenade us while preparing the meal. The next day was a blast with breakfast before ziplining over the mountainside. At the end you have the Tarzan swing, it comes highly recommended! A quick return to lunch at the sanctuary. We fell into deep rest pushing our hike-to-waterfall time back a bit, we needed the snooze. The 2 mile hike up and down hill over rocks was great, elderly and less active people need more assistance and should be forthright with their shortcomings. Max and Cookie both attended with us and helped my mother to make it there and back. They went above and beyond to keep her safe. I enjoyed the swimming hole and Max showing me the jump off points from the falls. We had a good play time before returning to camp for yet another amazing dinner. We spotted wildlife along the way of all activities we learned so much from Max. The last morning we had an early breakfast, they adjusted the schedule do to our unique situation. We departed paradise in the jungle. We paddled well through the remaining rapids. Cookie and Max started an acapella song and dance that kept us going and gave us more to smile about. Other groups from different outfitters seemed to be enjoying their journey much less than us, I was happy we made some camaraderie with our guides. I highly recommend these guides. This last day was spectacular, surroundings and rapids were more aspiring. Our lunch again made riverside was delicious and presented beautifully. As we continued to rock down the river with paddle high fives and acapella music, we did not want to leave. This was the best part of my visit to Costa Rica. At the pullout the team took care of the boat items. We changed at a riverside restaurant with showers and bathrooms for guests. I was surprised with a birthday cake from the crew, it was very nice of them to sing me happy birthday and share some cake. I cannot be happier with my experience with this group from start to finish.